Calafia Beach is a part of the San Clemente State Park but is also open to the public year round.
It is the type of beach that has everything, a snack bar nearby, bathrooms, showers, and parking (although metered.)
On this second weekend in September, the day was bright making the Pacific Ocean sparkle in a bluish green hue. It was the perfect kind of afternoon where everything looked more colorful. The water as mentioned ,had the prettiest tint, the coast line was as clear as I have ever seen it, the multicolored umbrellas looked more vibrant, and even the sand had a sparkle.
With the coast in California sometimes socked in with a gray marine layer, this day was like someone turned on a bright light across the Southern California coast.
So with the weather still perfect, we decided to give this place a try.
To get there and after you park your car, you walk by the Calafia Beach Café and head toward the waves. There is a pathway that allows you to safely pass over the railroad tracks where Amtrak and Metrolink pass by from time to time.
I liked Calafia Beach a lot and so did a lot of other people. Summer was rapidly coming to an end but the days were still warm which brought in the crowds for the weekend.